New York City Opera remains true to its roots with today’s 2012-13 season announcement, presenting New York City audiences with new artists and productions, ranging from rarely heard opéra bouffe and bel canto opera to edgier contemporary fare. Through three-year alliances with two theaters – BAM in Brooklyn and New York City Center in midtown Manhattan – the company offers four brand new productions from leading directors Jay Scheib, Sam Buntrock, Michael Counts, and Christopher Alden, plus a fall showcase of the celebrated VOX program in conjunction with OPERA America’s New Works Forum.
Speaking on behalf of NYC Opera’s entire Board, Chairman Chuck Wall remarked:
“We are thrilled with George Steel's artistic vision and leadership. Our commitment to that vision is supported by the fact that next season’s productions will take place at two of the most ideal opera venues in this great city, and all four productions will be brand new to the stage. This season’s sold-out performances and our new fiscal model have put New York City Opera on a firm footing for the future. With the continued support of our board, donors and loyal audiences, we look forward to a stirring new season.”
New productions of two envelope-pushing British chamber operas – Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face from Jay Scheib (Feb 15-23) and Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw from Sam Buntrock (Feb 24 – March 2) – will debut at BAM. And the company dubbed “the People’s Opera” will finally be reunited with the venue known as “the People’s Theater,” when – for the first time since 1965 – New York City Opera returns to New York City Center, its original home. The residency opens with Gioachino Rossini’s Moses in Egypt from Michael Counts (April 14–20), followed by Jacques Offenbach’s La Périchole from Christopher Alden (April 21–27).